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"The 2011 Poggio alle Gazze is the most gorgeous version of this wine I have tasted in some years since this wine was re-introduced commercially in 2008. Intensely varietal, the 2011 is vivid and wonderfully alive in the glass. Sage, tomato leaf, crushed rocks and peaches all meld together in a wine of exceptional class. Over time, the generous quality of the vintage comes through as the wine fleshes out beautifully. The 2011 includes a dollop of Viognier. The coast of Tuscany is hardly the ideal place to make aromatic whites, but Ornellaia has done a fabulous job with their Poggio alle Gazze...91" Antonio Galloni 8/13
Editorial Reviews for Ornellaia
From the first official tasting outside of the estate. The nose begins with oak, toast, and sugar notes though they are moderate in intensity and are joined by a floral note, cassis fruit, cedar as well as tar, asphalt, smoke, molasses, and gingersnaps. In the mouth the wine offers up a seamless, medium bodied imoression that features refined tannins, nuanced oak, hard blackberry candy fruit, a bit of bitterness that cuts the finish short. Needs time to integrate, at this point the nose is better than the palate. 2008-2010
Blueberries pop on the nose and the alcohol is well integrated. This offers up some obvious leafy cassis in a decidedly cool, greenish nose that has well integrated cedary oak, a fleshy tone an building notes of smoke and char. In the mouth this has a rich feel with lovely fresh structure obvious tannin and integrated acidity. Frontloaded with dark baking spices over which is a top note of Cab Franc mintiness. This is awfully young and while richly fruited it is loaded with aggressive tanins which clamp down on the finish. Leave it be. 2012-2020
A bit of bottle stink greats the nose folowd by a leather nose with hints of eucalyptus, earth, lead pencil shavings, some soft red bell pepper and a hint of brett. Cool mulberry fruit and tobacco creep into the nose. Round and rich in the mouth showing early maturity with soft tannins and gentle acidity. Quite minty up front with a core of ripe fruit that looses steam on the mid-palate before drying somewhat on the finish. This may improve slightly with time but, again, has a better nose than palate and seems restrained new worldy. 2008-2014
Intensely aromatic with layers of coffee, roasted chili, olive, and black fruits that continue to evolve all night. Still a baby in the mouth with a big, muscular feel. The tannins are polished yet abundant, the fruit is dark and rich, bordering on sweet especially with the sweet wood tones. There is a coffee cream note to the mid-palate then a bif creme de cassis note takes over on the back end and leads to the finish with it's spice, mineral and olive tones. It's a lot of wine and while not exactly my style is certainly enjoyable and that goes for amateurs as well! 2008-2016 92pts
The nose strikes as deep and clean if a bit odd with hints of melting crayon and wet canvas. The alcohol is a touch obvious but the aromatics are intriguing with subtle notes of green herb, green pepper, green cardamom framing the cool red fruits. There is a touch of charcoal and wood spice but it is well integrated. Focused and crisp in the mouth with a lean, sinewy feel to the black curranty fruit which really shows through on the finish, which true to style remains austere. This is on its plateau and is probably as good as it's gonna get.
Tight, steely, mineral nose that sets this apart from younger versions. Still retains black currant fruit but all the other elements, slatiness and a strong tobacco note gives this a more than passing resemblance to a fine Graves. A bit of cheesiness reveals it age. This offer a nice, soft resolved entry with lovely tea notes up front building towards a bright cassis midpalate which is a bit compressed on the top. Still taut, cool , yet balanced. Drink em up 2008-2012
Four and a half glasses
Pretty nose of red and black berry. Leans dark red and has some nice floral aromas. Rich and elegant structure with flavors of red cherry, flowers, mint, licorice and has nice freshness and structure. Firm tannin. Tasty blend! 90 pts. 12/8/12
Three and a half glasses
Awesome! 98 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12
Een leuk detail is dat de Serre Nuove per ongeluk is ontstaan bij het produceren van de super Ornellaia. Er werd een blend gemaakt om de keuze voor de juiste houten vaten te kunnen maken om de Ornellaia in te kunnen laten rijpen. Dit bleek van dermate hoge kwaliteit te zijn dat de heren van Ornellaia besloten het op de markt te brengen als Le Serre Nuove. De kleur van deze wijn is intens donker rood met duidelijke paarse tonen en komt enorm geconcentreerd over. In de neus profileert hij zich als krachtig en intens. Veel compact donker fruit wordt fraai gecombineerd met een mooie kruidigheid. Naast de bosbes herkennen we de geur als, ietsje aards, jammig, leer. De mooie verwovenheid van de houttoon met koffie, kaneel en chocolade geeft de wijn een complex karakter. In de mond herkennen we weer veel donker fruit en een enorme geconcentreerdheid. Het alcohol komt wat fors over. De subtiele zuren zijn heel mooi in balans met de smaakintensiteit van de wijn. De afdronk is krachtig en enorm lang te noemen. Heerlijk. Je kunt hier wel een tijdje van nagenieten. 91/100 Supersnobs.nl
Opulent and rich. A very nice wine. - WS Grand Tour 2011
The 2008 Ornellaia has really come together beautifully over the last few months. Up until fairly recently it was a tightly wound, inaccessible wine, but it has begun to blossom quite nicely. The 2008 is a cool, inward Ornellaia graced with exquisite finesse in its dark fruit, mocha, licorice, tar and spices. I especially like the minerality and focus. There is a fabulous balance between the tannins of this structured, powerful vintage, but with gorgeous fleshiness and pliancy that makes the wine very attractive, even at this early stage. It will be fascinating to watch the 2008 develop over the coming years and decades. The 2008 growing season was marked by a rainy, wet spring which resulted in an irregular flowering and naturally low yields. The summer was hot, but temperatures cooled towards the end of the summer, particularly at night, so important for the development of color, aromatics and full phenolic ripeness in varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon. The result is a big, massively structured Ornellaia built for the cellar. In 2008 the blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The 2008 Ornellaia spent about 20 months in French oak barrels, 70% new. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028. Score - 96+.
External Reviews for Ornellaia
A soft, generous red, the wine offers terrific richness and depth in its ripe, perfumed fruit. Sweet scents of French oak linger on the long finish. This generous, seductive wine should continue to drink well over the next few years.
A wine with a dense palate and ripe and round tannins. Full and very intense with a velvety textured tannin structure and a long and flavorful finish. Give it two or three years to show even more. Bordeaux blend. Superb second wine from Ornellaia. James Suckling.
A dark and inky red, featuring violet, black currant, cedar, sandalwood and iron aromas and flavors. Nonetheless, this comes across as elegant, even as the tannins prove formidable on the finish. A terrific young wine in the making. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2017 through 2035.
Another impressive effort from the celebrated Ornellaia estate. it opens with aromas of black berries, plum, blue flower and hints of balsamic herbs. The rich palate delivers a core of fleshy black cherry accented with notes of licorice, black pepper and mocha alongside bracing but refined tannins. It’s still young so give it time to fully develop. Drink 2016–2031.
The 2011 Le Volte dell Ornellaia is juicy expressive and radiant in this vintage. Sweet dark cherries flowers tobacco and mint all flesh out in a wine that impresses for its harmony and supple gracious personality. At times Le Volte has been a bit different in style than the rest of the wines here but the 2011 is quite similar to the rest of the range. In 2011 Le Volte is 50% Merlot 30% Sangiovese and 20% other grapes. Antonio Galloni.
The 2011 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia lives up to the legacy of this important wine, thanks to its extreme intensity and its skillfully crafted bouquet. The excellent quality of fruit stands clear, despite the heat of the vintage, with pristine notes of dark cherry, exotic spice and chocolate. This expression of Ornellaia is composed of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. The results are nothing short of exuberant and this vintage will reward both those who decided to drink it early, as well as those who have the patience to wait. The only slight ruffle in this otherwise gorgeous presentation is the 2011 tannin that feels a touch aggressive. For that reason, its probably better to put the wine aside in your cellar.
The 2011 Ornellaia is another gorgeous wine. Mocha plums tobacco and licorice blossom from the glass in a rich seamless wine endowed with stunning depth. Savory notes develop later adding depth and resonance. The 2011 looks to have a broad drinking window that is sure to provide many stages of pleasure over the next 20+ years. The blend is approximately 55% Cabernet Sauvignon 29% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. 96+ Antonio Galloni.
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